As far as I can tell, the baker does not own a magic wand or possess any sorcery skills, but this cake is pretty magical.
A Facebook video posted by French-language Harry Potter fan community Potterland shows an outrageous, seven-tier, Potter-themed cake in all its glory. Since it was posted about two months ago, the video’s racked up more than 15 million views.
The cake is what they’d call a showstopper on “The Great British Baking Show”: A Hogwarts Express engine emerges from one layer with its lights aglow. The Weasleys’ flying Ford Anglia sits lodged in a tree sprouting out of the cake, along with an elegantly addressed Hogwarts acceptance letter tucked in the branches. Dementors circle the top tier. And, yup, that’s a golden snitch hovering off to the side of the cake.
The cake was conjured by Belgian cake-maker Cindy Sauvage and originally posted on her YouTube page. Her video of the cake zooms in to reveal even more thoughtful details:
Yes, that is Dobby the freed house-elf taking a stroll along Diagon Alley. And a loaded luggage cart resting on Platform 9-3/4. Bertie Botts’ Every-Flavor Beans are scattered here and there, too.
Oh, and there’s young Snape with Lily Potter’s doe Patronus. Sigh. (Sorry, I had to be a fangirl for a moment.)
Unsurprisingly, Sauvage is a pro: She owns Madl Créations, a custom cake shop in Bernissart, Belgium.
Sauvage caught the world’s eye with the Harry Potter cake, but she’s apparently well known in the region. According to her Facebook page, she hosts cake-decorating masterclasses in Belgium and France to share her techniques.
In a recent post, she mentions that the Harry Potter masterpiece is still intact and heading to the Cake and Bake exhibition in Germany in May.
“A great honor for me,” she writes in French.
Not bad for a muggle.